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Oriental Star Ltd

Birmingham based Oriental Star Agencies is one of the most successful record labels in the UK and specialises in Asain music. Some of the artists on their roster are the legendary Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Malkit Singh, Alam Lohar and Bally Sagoo.

The label was founded in 1970 by Abdul Ghani, his son Dr Abdul Mohsin Mian and Muhammad Ayub, who had previously owned a record store with Abdul Ghani importing Indian and Pakistani music into the United Kingdom. In 1969 Ayub was approached by members of two local bhangra bands – Bhujhangy Group and Anari Sangeet Party – to record their performances, and the success of the following recordings led him to establish the label.

Mango Records

Reggae record label attached to Brian Harris’ shop of the same name in Grove Lane, Handsworth.

Ansel Collins Zone Five ‎(7″) MAN 1000 1975
Boston Brothers Leave The Studio ‎(7″) MAN 1001 1975
Keith Poppin Time Slipping Away ‎(7″) MAN 1002 1975
The Mello Lads Chatty Chatty Mouth ‎(7″) MAN 1003 1975
Justin Hinds Prophecy Must Fulfil ‎(7″) MAN 1004 1975
Wayne Wade / The Prophets Allstars Black Is Our Colour / Upsetters Vengeance ‎(7″) MAN 1005 1975
Larry Marshall / King Tubbys* Brand New Baby ‎(7″, Single) MAN 1006 1975
The Royals Peace & Love (Blacker Black) ‎(7″) MAN 1007 1975
Willie Francis Leaving But It Won’t Be Long ‎(7″, Single) MAN 1008 1975
Sergeant One Foot Sexy Time / Pussy Juck ‎(7″, Single) MAN 1009 1975
Boston Brothers / Sergeant One Foot Leave The Studio ‎(12″) MAN 1009 1975
The Mighty Maytones* / G.G. Allstars Madness / Mad Dub 2 versions MAN 1010 1975
James Brown (12) / Upsetter* Stop The War In A Babylon ‎(7″) MAN 1011 1976
The Starlites / G.G. All Stars* Some A Weh A Bawl / Dubwise ‎(7″) MAN1012 Unknown
Winston Heywood / Upsetters* Long Long Time ‎(7″, Single) MAN 1013 1976
Max Romeo / Jah Lloyd Fire Fe The Vatican / Leggo ‎(7″) MAN 1014 1976
The Starlites Dip Them Jah Jah ‎(7″) MAN 1015 1976
Sil Bell You Can Dip ‎(7″) MAN 1016 1976
Various Juicy Mangoes Volume 1 ‎(LP, Comp) MAN LP 1 1976

Boob Records

Label set up to release Birmingham post punk band Model Mania’s records.

Model Mania No Pride Slow Suicide ‎(7″, Rub) MM1A 1979
Model Mania No Pride Slow Suicide ‎(7″) MM1A / MM1AA 1979
Power Farm Which Way U.S.A. ‎(7″) MM2 1983

 

Shoestring Records

Label started by Colin Hall and Eddie Blower of Dansette Damage to release their single The Only Sound / New Musical Express
Dansette Damage The Only Sound / New Musical Express LACE 001 1978
The Sussed (2) I Like You ‎(7″, EP) LACE 002 1979
Private Party (4) It Tears Me Up ‎(7″, Single) LACE 004 1985
Goats Don’t Shave A Rumour ‎(7″, Single) LACE 005 1985
The Norman Haines Band Den Of Iniquity ‎(CD, Album, Ltd, RE) BL001 1993
The Norman Haines Band Den Of Iniquity ‎(LP, Album, Num, RE) BL001 (LP) 1994
Dansette Damage Sold As Seen ‎(LP) BL002 1994
The Dog That Bit People The Dog That Bit People ‎(CD, Album, RE) BL003 (CD) 1994
Locomotive (3) We Are Everything You See ‎(CD, Album, Ltd, RE)

Vindaloo Records

Fantastic label started by Robert Lloyd of The Nightingales who started the table to self-release The Prefecst’s, Robert’s first band’s debut, ‘Going Through The Motions’. The label subsequently released music from artists such as The Nightingales, We’ve Got A Fuzzbox and We’re Gonna To Use It, Ted Chippington, Terry and Gerry, Legs Akimbo and The Bumbites.

The Prefects Going Through The Motions ‎(7″, Single) UGH.2 1979
Legs Akimbo Legs Akimbo! ‎(7″) UGH. 1. 1980
The Janet And Johns Untitled ‎(7″) UGH.3 1980
The Nightingales Idiot Strength ‎(7″) UGH4. 1981
Legs Akimbo & The Titanics Land Of The Bearded Cricketers ‎(7″, EP) UGH 5 1981
The Nightingales The Crunch ‎(12″) YUS 1 1983
Terry And Gerry Butter’s On The Bread E.P. ‎(7″, EP) UGH7 1984
The Nightingales 1983-84 Just The Job (Comp) 2 versions VILP-1 1984
Toxic Shock (3) A Dubious Deal 2 versions YUS 2 1984
Ted Chippington Non Stop Party Hits Of The 50’s 60’s & 70’s ‎(7″, Single) UGH 8 1985
The Nightingales It’s A Cracker / Here We Go Now ‎(7″) UGH 09 1985
Nightingales* This ‎(Flexi, 7″, S/Sided + 12″ + 7″ + , Ltd) VILP2x 1985
The Nightingales What A Carry On ‎(12″) YUS.4 1985
Toxic Shock (3) Just Another Day ‎(12″, EP) YUS 5 1985
We’ve Got A Fuzzbox And We’re Gonna Use It Bostin’ Steve Austin ‎(LP, Album) FBOX 1 1986
Bob And Vi Keep Lying, I Love It ‎(7″, Single) UGH.10 1986
We’ve Got A…. Fuzzbox…. And We’re Gonna Use It!!* Rules & Regulations (EP) 9 versions UGH 11 1986
We’ve Got A Fuzzbox And We’re Gonna Use It Rules And Regulations ‎(7″, W/Lbl, Promo) UGH 11 DJ 1986
We’ve Got A Fuzzbox And We’re Gonna Use It Rules And Regulations ‎(12″, S/Sided, Etch) UGH 11T 1986
Ted Chippington She Loves You (And You Know That Can’t Be Bad) ‎(7″) UGH12 1986
Ted Chippington And Top Entertainment She Loves You (And You Know That Can’t Be Bad) ‎(12″) UGH12T 1986
Ted Chippington She Loves You (And You Know That Can’t Be Bad) ‎(10″, S/Sided, Etch, W/Lbl) UGH12TE 1986
The Vindaloo Summer Special Starring The Nightingales, Ted Chippington, We’ve Got A Fuzzbox And We’re Gonna Use It !!* Rockin’ With Rita (Head To Toe) ‎(7″, Single) UGH 13 1986
The Vindaloo Summer Special Starring The Nightingales, Ted Chippington, We’ve Got A Fuzzbox And We’re Gonna Use It !!* Rockin’ With Rita (Beach Party Mix) ‎(12″, Single) UGH 13T 1986
We’ve Got A Fuzzbox And We’re Gonna Use It Love Is The Slug ‎(7″, Single) UGH 14 1986
We’ve Got A Fuzzbox And We’re Gonna Use It !!* Radio Fuzzbox 2 versions UGH 14C 1986
We’ve Got A Fuzzbox And We’re Gonna Use It Love Is The Slug / Radio Fuzzbox ‎(7″ + Cass) UGH 14 FC 1986
We’ve Got A Fuzzbox And We’re Gonna Use It Love Is The Slug ‎(7″, Single, Com) UGH 14 N 1986
We’ve Got A Fuzzbox And We’re Gonna Use It Love Is The Slug ‎(12″) UGH 14 T 1986
Ted Chippington Man In A Suitcase 2 versions YUS 6 1986
The Nightingales In The Good Old Country Way ‎(LP, Album) YUS.7 1986
Various A Baker’s Dozen From Vindaloo ‎(LP, Album, Comp) YUS 8 1986
Various A Baker’s Dozen From Vindaloo ‎(Cass, Comp) YUSC 8 1986
Ted Chippington The Wanderer ‎(7″, Single) UGH15 1987
Ted Chippington And Top Entertainment The Wanderer ‎(12″) UGH 15T 1987
We’ve Got A Fuzzbox And We’re Gonna Use It Walking On Thin Ice ‎(CD, Single, Mini) 246 609-2 1989
Fuzzbox* Walking On Thin Ice ‎(12″, Single) YZ435T 1989
Fuzzbox* Walking On Thin Ice ‎(12″, Single, Cle) YZ 435 TC 1989
We’ve Got A ファズボックス And We’re Gonna Use It* Walking On Thin Ice ‎(7″, Single, Ltd) YZ435X 1989
Bumbites Bottoms Up! ‎(LP, Album)

 

Rather Records

Indelibly linked to Swell Maps and their various incarnations, Rather Records released the first Swell Maps single ‘About Seymour’ and went on to release a further 20 singles and albums existing from 1977 – 1991 entering into a partnership with Rough Trade.

Swell Maps Read About Seymour ‎(7″, Single) GEAR ONE 1977
Swell Maps Read About Seymour / Ripped & Torn / Black Velvet ‎(7″, RE) gear one (mk.2) 1978
Steve Treatment 5A-Sided 45 (EP, Comp) 2 versions GEAR TWO 1978
Cult Figures Zip Nolan ‎(7″) gear four 1979
Swell Maps Let’s Build A Car ‎(7″, Single) gear seven 1979
Swell Maps A Trip To Marineville 2 versions troy one 1979
Nikki Sudden Back To The Start ‎(7″, Single) GEAR 11 1980
Cult Figures In Love ‎(7″) gear eight 1980
The Phones Sportsman Band I Really Love You ‎(7″) gear nine 1980
Swell Maps Dresden Style (Single) 2 versions gear three 1980
Swell Maps … In “Jane From Occupied Europe” ‎(LP, Album) troy two 1980
Swell Maps Whatever Happens Next… ‎(2xLP, Album) ROUGH 21 1981
Various What A Nice Way To Turn Seventeen #2 ‎(7″, Comp) GEAR 17 1983
Nikki Sudden Beau Geste ‎(Cass, Comp, C60) RA-47 1983
Various What A Nice Way To Turn Seventeen No. 3 ‎(LP, Comp, W/M) RATHER 13 1984
Swell Maps Train Out Of It ‎(LP, Comp, RM) ANTAR 4 1986
Swell Maps Trip To Marineville (Album) 5 versions CD MAPS 1 1991
Swell Maps ….In “Jane From Occupied Europe” (Album) 5 versions CD MAPS 2 1989
Swell Maps … In “Jane From Occupied Europe” ‎(LP, Album, RE) MAPS 2 1989
Swell Maps Train Out Of It ‎(CD, Comp) MUTE 9 61200-2 1991
Swell Maps Train Out Of It (Comp) 2 versions CD MAPS 3

Photos from Discogs: http://www.discogs.com/label/39208-Rather-Records?sort=year&sort_order=

No Rip Off Records

Label that released the seminal punk Solihull split E.P. Mell Square Musick. Started by Paul Panic founder of The Accused, 021, The Undertakers and The Cracked Actors also appeared on the single. The epitome of DIY!

The Accused – Generation Gap
The Accused – Solihull
Cracked Actors – Disco?
021 – (Don’t Wanna Be) A Robot
The Accused – Arrested
The Undertakers – Illusions

Graduate Records

Graduate Records is mainly known for signing the Birmingham group UB40, who have become the most successful reggae band in the world.

David Virr started Graduate Records in 1969 as a record shop in Dudley which grew, at one time, to a chain of six shops around the Midlands.

In 1979 after listening to John Peel’s radio show, David decided to start his own independent label. The first few singles only scraped into the indie chart but then, UB40 were signed & in January 1980 released their first single- ‘Food for Thought’ which reached No 4 in the main chart & went gold in the UK.

Graduate Records was the first independent label to have such a big hit without a major record company being involved…

Two further UB40 singles were released in the same year & both were top ten hits. UB40’s first album ‘Signing Off’ was released on Graduate Records in August 1980 & went platinum, remaining in the UK charts for over a year & scoring a big hit worldwide. ‘Signing Off’ has since been re-issued on CD by Virgin Records. Some of the tracks Graduate Records was involved with were included on ‘ The Best of UB40 Vol 1’ & also on ‘The very Best of UB40’ on Virgin Records.

Graduate also worked with other successful artists such as The Maisonettes who had a big hit in 1983 with ‘Heartache Avenue’ on our Ready, Steady, Go! label which was a top ten hit & went silver in the UK as well as being a big hit right across Europe.

Graduate were also very fortunate to have worked with Clifford T. Ward for several years until he passed away in 2001. His 1995 album ‘Julia & Other Stories’, first released on Graduate Records is now re-issued on Cherry Red Records who have also released the albums- ‘The Anthology’ in 2002, ‘Both of Us’, ‘ Bittersweet’, ‘ Hidden Treasures’ & ‘This was our love’ in Nov. 2003.

In 2003, The Fight, a young punk group from Dudley recorded a cover of a song by The Circles called ‘(I’m running around in) Circles’ for their mini-album ‘Home is where the Hate is’. This was out in the USA & released worldwide on the Fat Wreck Chords label.

David Virr also acted as a Music Advisor to record companies & artists, including Pete Best, the original drummer in The Beatles.

Rap collective Roll Deep adapted our track ‘Heartache Avenue’ into a rap version re-named ‘The Avenue’ & released by Relentless Records, The single did very well getting to No 11 in the charts. It also featured on their hit album ‘In at the Deep End’.

http://www.graduate.valtex.co.uk

Motor City Rhythm

Short lived label run out of 196 Wake Green Road,Moseley. Released four singles from 1979-1980.

Léargo The Artist ‎(7″)                     DNS 87903 1979
The Daze I Wanna Be A Star ‎(7″) MCR 101 1979
Eclipse* She’s Gone ‎(7″)                MCR103 1980
Starfighters I’m Fallin’ ‎(7″)           MCR 105

Shag Nasty Records

Released one punk single by the band of the same name. Released in 1979 No Bullshit Just Rock N Roll / Looking For Love

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